Hidden History: The Aftermath of Rome’s Greatest Defeat Still Affects Us Today

9 AD. Teutoberg Forest: While Rome mounted several expeditions east of the Rhine River in the years following the Battle of the Tuetoberg Forest, it never attempted a permanent settlement on that side of the River, keeping it as its boundary. The battle ended Roman expansion in Northern Europe.

Eventually, the tribes there, including the Vandals and the Goths, would become part of the force the destroys the Roman Empire.

The Emperor Augustus, upon being informed of the disaster was reported to smash his head against the wall of his palace repeatedly, crying out “Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ (‘Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!’).

Nine Eleven (Time Patrol) coming this Sunday!

Here is the scene from the BBC’s I, Claudius, reworded slightly:


Eventually, the standards of all three legions were recovered by Roman expeditions against the Germanic tribes. The last was recovered in 41 AD. In 50 AD, over forty years after the Battle, some Romans from Varus’ command, still held prisoners by the Germans, were liberated from slavery.


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Originally published at www.writeitforward.com on September 6, 2016.

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